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The Secret Life of Language dives into the cultures, arts, and histories that underpin and inform the diverse languages we speak. From the studios of the University of Melbourne's School of Languages and Linguistics.

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The Secret Life of Language dives into the cultures, arts, and histories that underpin and inform the diverse languages we speak. From the studios of the University of Melbourne's School of Languages and Linguistics.

    Keywords - Does nothing actually mean something? Part II: Mawng language; science and music

    Keywords - Does nothing actually mean something? Part II: Mawng language; science and music

    Keywords - Nothing

    In this episode of The Secret Life of Language, we explore a keyword, nothing.

    A keyword is a word or concept of great significance. Our Keywords project follows ever-changing words for an ever-changing world. In this episode of The Secret Life of Language, we explore the word nothing, it's history and its relevance today. Our guests talk about the etymology of nothing, its meaning and importance for their own work. Will we discover that nothing actually means something and can be very productive of materials, activities and thoughts?

    A podcast from the University of Melbourne's School of Languages and Linguistics. Produced by Véronique Duché and Craig Jeffrey.

    Mawng Dictionary can be found here: https://shop.aiatsis.gov.au/products/mawng-dictionary#productid

    • 25 min
    Keywords - Does nothing actually mean something? Part I: Lexicology; Shakespeare

    Keywords - Does nothing actually mean something? Part I: Lexicology; Shakespeare

    Keywords - Nothing

    In this episode of The Secret Life of Language, we explore a keyword, nothing.

    A keyword is a word or concept of great significance. Our Keywords project follows ever-changing words for an ever-changing world. In this episode of The Secret Life of Language, we explore the word nothing, it's history and its relevance today. Our guests talk about the etymology of nothing, its meaning and importance for their own work. Will we discover that nothing actually means something and can be very productive of materials, activities and thoughts?

    A podcast from the University of Melbourne's School of Languages and Linguistics. Produced by Véronique Duché and Craig Jeffrey.

    • 35 min
    Multicultural values and social inclusion through traditional food.

    Multicultural values and social inclusion through traditional food.

    Living in a foreign land can be challenging enough, but often made worse by not having access to the traditional foods and family dishes of your formative years. In this episode of The Secret Life of Language, we explore the growing role of food in empowering refugees and recent migrants. Our guests talk about the different food businesses and initiatives that help recent migrants and refugees to not only learn from, but to also teach the local and broader community, with the aim of making refugees and migrants more economically independent and employable, as well as supporting their health and wellbeing. A podcast from the University of Melbourne's School of Languages and Linguistics. Produced by Lara Anderson and Gavin Nebauer with assistance from Profactual.com. Recorded and mixed at The Horwood Recording Studio University of Melbourne by Gavin Nebauer

    • 28 min
    Bringing insect eating to the mainstream: Securing a sustainable food supply?

    Bringing insect eating to the mainstream: Securing a sustainable food supply?

    Insect eating has the potential to alleviate food insecurity in many countries. However, public health nutritionists argue that large-scale entomophagy in Western culture faces many barriers. Listen to University of Melbourne experts on the history of insect eating in Latin America and Australia and the need to mitigate the very real disgust factor when it comes to insect eating if it is to become more mainstream and a truly viable solution to food insecurity.
    A podcast from the University of Melbourne's School of Languages and Linguistics. Produced by Lara Anderson and Gavin Nebauer with assistance from Profactual.com. Recorded and mixed at The Horwood Recording Studio University of Melbourne by Gavin Nebauer.

    • 26 min
    The Murrinhpatha language: A window on country and community

    The Murrinhpatha language: A window on country and community

    While many Australian indigenous languages are running out of speakers, the Murrinhpatha language is not only being actively passed on to subsequent generations, but is also gaining new speakers. Linguists Dr Barb Kelly and Dr John Mansfield take us on a journey into the society and culture of Murrinhpatha people through their language. Presented by Charlotte Mackay and Peter Hurst.

    A podcast from the University of Melbourne's School of Languages and Linguistics. Produced by Kelvin Param and Eric van Bemmel of Profactual, Gavin Nebauer, Charlotte Mackay and Peter Hurst. Music by Mark Kurungaiyi and Kevin Mollingin, and recorded and mixed by Realtone.

    NGEPAN: Mark and Kevin (Wadeye) https://youtu.be/nGE0UF_IV38
    Be croc wise https://youtu.be/KTs8OnlSUBY

    • 27 min
    Beyond words: In the field with indigenous languages

    Beyond words: In the field with indigenous languages

    The world speaks some 6,700 languages, and 4,000 of them are spoken by indigenous peoples, who make up less than 6% of the global population. In this episode, we speak with researchers who venture into the world's remotest corners in their quest to document languages, to help revive or reinforce community tongues, or to discover what even a single, little-known language may have to teach us about the way humans communicate. Linguist Assoc Prof Nick Thieberger and cultural anthropologist Dr Debra McDougall are joined by hosts Charlotte Mackay and Peter Hurst.
    A podcast from the University of Melbourne's School of Languages and Linguistics. Produced by Eric van Bemmel and Kelvin Param of Profactual, Gavin Nebauer, Charlotte Mackay and Peter Hurst.

    • 29 min

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